CLOVERDALE â€” Karaoke singers are lining up for a chance to belt out a song at a country musical festival in Mission next month.
Almost Famous Entertainment is searching for two people to sing on the â€œLittle Bigâ€ stage at Rockinâ€™ River Musicfest on Friday, Aug. 8, just minutes before country musician Gord Bamford entertains the crowd at the annual festival.
AFE is in the midst of a six-week talent search at the 12 karaoke nights it stages at pubs in Cloverdale, Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Abbotsford.
â€œWe have lots of amazing singers at our karaoke nights,â€ said Jacqueline Stone, a Walnut Grove resident who runs Almost Famous Entertainment.
â€œPeople are so stoked for the opportunity to sing in front of so many people (at Rockinâ€™ River Musicfest). Itâ€™ll be a big deal for those who get to do it.â€
Everyone at AFE karaoke nights, whether performing or just listening, has a shot at winning tickets to the music festival over the next few weeks.
At Rustyâ€™s Pub in Cloverdale on a recent Thursday night, Stone was among those who took a turn singing karaoke, belting out â€œHold Onâ€ by Alabama Shakes.
She launched Almost Famous Entertainment six years ago.
â€œI was a server at a pub (Walnut Grove Pub) that had karaoke three nights a week,â€ Stone recalled, â€œso I saw a lot of it and got the idea to take it to the next level and make it really entertaining and fun, with really good sound.â€
Today, her company hosts karaoke nights at seven local pubs, including the Sandpiper in White Rock, Rustyâ€™s and Clydesdale Inn in Cloverdale, Sawbucks in South Surrey, Baselines and Green Timbers in Surrey and Sneakers in Abbotsford. For the calendar of events, see Almostfamousentertainment.com.
â€œThereâ€™s a circuit for some of these singers, for sure,â€ Stone said. â€œWe have some people who go to karaoke seven days a week and theyâ€™re at all of the events.
â€œItâ€™s great,â€ she continued, â€œbecause we offer over 60,000 songs, so people arenâ€™t hearing the same 10 songs week after week, and itâ€™s a chance for people to try new stuff.â€
Stone is currently looking for people to host AFE karaoke nights.
"It takes a while to become a good host," she said. "All the technology you have to deal with, the mics and computers.â€¦ And you always have to be personable. That’s the most important part, even when you’re losing your mind," she added with a laugh. "But if you come with the right attitude, I will teach the technology part."
Last summer, close to 30,000 people took in Rockinâ€™ River Musicfest. This yearâ€™s festival features more than 20 bands on three stages over three days, from Aug. 7 to 9. Musical headliners include Rascal Flatts, Terri Clark, The Road Hammers, Me & Mae and others. Details are online at Rockinriverfest.com.